Arthritis is common in cats and dogs. Arthritis affects the joints and occurs when cartilage becomes damaged. You may notice your pet is lethargic or does not jump the way he or she did in the past.
Diabetes Mellitus occurs when your pet’s pancreas stops producing enough insulin. Diabetic symptoms include weight loss, increased thirst, weakness, change in appetite, depression, frequent urination, and urinary tract infections. Diabetes is not curable, but is manageable with insulin, exercise, and a special diet.
Hypothyroidism in Dogs
Hypothyroidism refers to a natural deficiency of thyroid hormone. The most common hormone imbalance of dogs, this hormone deficiency mostly occurs due to immune destruction of the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism may occur in any dog, but is most common in medium and large breeds during middle age (4 to 10 years old).
Hyperthyroidism in Cats
Hyperthyroidism commonly occurs in middle-aged and older cats. A tumor on the thyroid gland produces a surplus of thyroid hormone, which causes hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include weight loss without a change in appetite, personality changes, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Cushing Disease is a condition that happens when your pet’s body creates too much cortisol. Normally, cortison helps control you pets response to stress, helps keep their weight under control and also helps keep blood sugar levels in check. Too much cortisol however, can cause problems. Typically, this condition affects middle-aged dogs and seniors.
Here are the most common symptoms:
- Increased water intake
- Increased food intake
- Frequently urination, leading to possible in-door accidents
- Hair loss
- Pot belly
- Skin thinning
- Excessive panting
- Skin infections
Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure is a condition that is created when the heart is unable to pump an adequate level of blood to the body. This condition is created by two different heart conditions:
- Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
- Mitral valve insufficiency (MVI)
The most common symptoms associated with this condition are persistent coughing and difficulty in breathing.
Skin Conditions & Diseases
Dogs and cats can easily suffer from pet dermatology problems of all types. Because there are so many skin ailments that could cause a pet to become distressed, contacting Animal Hospital of Loves Park in Loves Park is necessary to treat one properly. Read over the following information to learn a bit about different skin irritation problems that can arise so that you know when to contact our veterinarian.
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